[Samba] Disapearing Drives: Urgent help needed

Josh Miller joshua at itsecureadmin.com
Tue Feb 6 17:59:38 GMT 2007

When this issue occurs, what is the output from smbclient on the Samba 

# smbclient -L localhost

Also, I have had this problem in the past (long ago) and it turned out 
to be an issue with WINS not being setup properly.  Please post the 
output to the following command or verify your WINS settings:

testparm -v | grep -i wins

Josh, RHCE

Ron Garcia-Vidal wrote:
> Seriously, I realize the below post doesn't have all the necessary info 
> to diagnose the problem, but I'm not even sure where to look for more 
> info.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> =====================================
> I have been having a problem with my Samba server for about a month now
> and need help.  I am having users mysteriously losing access to drives
> during the day.  The drive will un-map itself and any further attempt to
> access it through wither Windows Explorer or just typing the UNC in the
> "Run" window will result in a "Drive or path not accessible" error.  On
> the samba side, nothing shows up in the logs on subsequent connections,
> so I'm unsure how to diagnose what the problem is.  Attempts to access
> the share from another machine as the same user are successful.
> The fix for this seems to be, either reboot the client (less preferable
> because the user gets upset) or restart the smbd on the server.  Either
> way, subsequent share access is restored.  Unfortunately, this problem
> is reoccurring several times a day and I find myself restarting samba
> about 4-5 times daily.  This has reached a crisis point, so any help
> would be appreciated.
> In terns of samba version, this problem first appeared when I upgraded
> to samba_3.0.23d-2+b1 (on Debian Testing).  Subsequently, I rolled back
> to samba_3.0.23c-1, but the problem still persisted.  I have since
> upgraded to samba_3.0.23d-4, and am still having this problem.  Please 
> help!

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